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The Lockhorns, 8/13/04

One of many things I like about the Lockhorns is the set of visual cues the artists use to indicate that Loretta has been in a car accident (which happens fairly often). The fact that she’s holding the steering wheel is, well, cartoonish, but the rest of it — the purse dragged on the floor as if she’s stumbling around in a daze, the mussed hair, the torn skirt, the falling hose, and, in particular, the black eyes — are just a wee bit too realistic and painful, and thus in total keeping with the mean spirit of the strip. At least she’s smiling in this one.